Data Change

delder

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I have data that contains part numbers that are sometimes converted to dates. For example, Part Number 1-20 becomes January 20 and Part Number 1-38 becomes January 38. How do I keep Excel from changing these values to dates? I have even saved the data as CSV and when you open the file Excel has changed to dates. The CSV does not import properly in a third party app we get invalid Part Number in the cases described above.

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Mark W.

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Consider saving as Tab delimited (.txt), and opening the resultant file using Excel's File | Open... menu command. This approach will invoke the Text to Columns wizard which will allow you to format the column containing your part numbers as Text.
This message was edited by Mark W. on 2002-10-30 13:29
 

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